Due to a lack of suitable and available 50m pools in Scotland these championships were held in Sunderland between 31st March & 4th April 2012. The standard of the competition was probably stronger as a result, due to larger number of English based competitors than normal.
A small team of Midlothian swimmers had qualified to compete in a number of events. Sarah Eunson, Lauren Sutherland, Beth Denholm, Kimberley MacKay, Jenny Jubb, Beth McFarlane and Fiona Inglis all made the journey south at various times throughout the championships. Although the team was small, they really excelled reaching 11 finals between them, breaking 7 club records in the process.
On day one, Kimberley narrowly missed out on a medal in the 100m backstroke finishing in 4th place, although she was the third fastest Scottish swimmer. In the 400m IM she set a new junior and senior club record in finishing 6th.
The following day, Kimberley again finished 4th, this time in the 200m freestyle final, whilst Lauren finished 5th (3rd fastest Scot) and Beth McFarlane 6th (4th fastest Scot) in the 100m breaststroke.
On day 3, Fiona squeezed into the 50m freestyle final where she set a new club record in finishing 9th. This was followed by another junior club record and a 5th place finish (3rd fastest Scot) for Kimberley in the 200m IM.
Lauren, who was in sparkling form qualified for the 200m breaststroke final, where she improved again setting a new junior club record finishing 5th (3rd fastest Scot). Fiona reached the 100m freestyle final where she finished 8th. Her time converted into short course was under the magical 60 seconds, the first Midlothian girl in the history of the club to break this barrier. In the corresponding event for the younger girls, Kimberley was involved in a very tight finish which saw only 0.48 seconds covering the first 5 swimmers, unfortunately Kim finished 5th but had the consolation of smashing her PB and setting a new junior club record.
On the final day, Kimberley reached her 6th final, the 100m butterfly where she finished 7th (4th fastest Scot) which capped a fine championships for our swimmers.